Photos weren't taken. I'm sure they were prohibited, so I have no evidence of the fun they had or trouble they got into! I do know that Blake had a GREAT time with the boys, and they made it home safely. The report I received lacked details, of course, but it mentioned a cold game of golf (good job, Papa Mox, on the win!), strong drinks in The Rathskeller at Heidelberg, and Bell's Pizza to finish off the night. It appears that Blake may still be recovering today. We are grateful to everyone for making Blake's 30th so memorable!
It's difficult for me to sum up our time together. Our gatherings are always full of engaging conversations that cover serious and silly topics. We always share amazing food and drinks. There's always laughter and, sometimes, there are tears. And, ALWAYS, many great memories are made. This time, although we were missing two of our out-of-state friends, and we added two little ones, the less-than-24-hour party was no different.
We discussed kids, husbands, aging, politics, old times, jobs, family, food, our Selves, and more. We dined on bacon wrapped dates, gouda, olives, fig tartines (minus the fig butter, plus garlic butter...long story!), Shrimp and Chorizo Pizza with Escarole and Manchego, chocolate fondue, French Toast with Pears, and fruit salad. We sipped hearty red wine, Autumn Sangria, and mimosas. We made memories.
I always leave our reunions feeling, at once, uplifted and a little sad; I feel so fortunate to have these women in my life, but I hate that we see each other so infrequently. I'm inspired by how we continue to come together, year after year, despite how different we all are and despite the physical distance between us. And, despite the differences and the distance, I'm amazed how much we still share in common. Ultimately, we're all strong, smart, spirited women who live conscious lives and love quality time with each other.
Betsy with her beautiful baby girl Hazel.
The drinking and snacking begins, while Anna is busy with car keys.